There are no stats to grace you with yet, no player breakdown to lead with. This the first game of the season and there's not a whole lot to go on yet. There is, however, Xavier's usual amazing graphic and our keys to the game.
Team 96 begins tonight! Time to get loud Xavier Nation! See you at the Cintas Center at 7pm...#GameDayGuide pic.twitter.com/L7ArDkljP4— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) November 10, 2017
- Start the find the rotation: One of the things Xavier, and specifically Coach Mack, have to do is find out where all the new pieces mesh in. We know that Q will be running the point, JP and Tre will be doing the heavy lifting, and Tyrique Jones and Sean O'Mara will play in the post. Beyond that, there's a lot of new guys that have to find their way onto the floor.
- Get off to a good start: This seems pretty self-evident, but this is a game that Xavier should be winning. It shouldn't be close, it shouldn't be a challenge, it should be the kind of game a Big East team has under control by half time.
- Stay healthy: Teams with late March aspirations routinely lose guys early and have to rejigger their expectations. For the next few weeks (or even into the conference season, RIP Edmond Sumner's knee), every time a player jumps, everyone is going to say a little prayer that they land safely.